The rescue of an Art Deco cinema in Birmingham

| The derelict Royalty Cinema in Harborne is being lined up for restoration and conservationists approve.| Plans to restore a derelict Art-Deco cinema in Birmingham and fill it with audiences once more have been unveiled to city conservationists. The neglected Royalty Cinema in Harborne is being lined up for restoration and reopening by a major national cinema operator in collaboration with local campaign group, the Royalty Harborne Trust. The plans will see the 1930s building restored as a fully functioning cinema with one large and two smaller auditoriums, the creation…

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Cinema to be key new anchor in Brent Cross redevelopment

| Brent Cross set to double in size as owners unveil £1.4bn modernisation with a new cinema as a key anchor as the centre aims to challenge rivals Westfield. | Under the proposals by Hammerson and Standard Life Investments in addition to the new cinema, the upper floor of the centre will host 40 new restaurants – when Brent Cross opened in 1976 it had just two cafes. There will also be a hotel will be incorporated within the shopping centre which will also have more than 200 retailers. The…

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AT&T buys Time Warner; vertical integration and competition fears

| AT&T, the US telecoms giant, already the country’s third largest cable provider, is paying $85.4bn (£70bn) for Time Warner, which owns CNN and HBO. But there is a big challenge in getting regulatory approval, especially as both Trump and Clinton have raised questions about the deal. | Vertical Integration business model to deliver returns AT&T owns the “supply chain” – cable and broadband which enables people to watch their favourite programmes. By buying Time Warner it can own these programmes (“the content”) such as Game of Thrones. Buying Time…

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